What a wild weekend of college football we had in week ten. From last second winners like in the TCU game to multiple great fantasy options going for less than fifteen fantasy points, it was something we could have never seen coming. There are five players and one bad situation that I discuss here that should be more predictable than the weekend we just went through. Let’s get it started with a guy who just blew up on Thursday night football.
Dalvin Cook could take over for Karlos Williams. Williams has seen the majority of carries whenever he’s playing, but he has been mainly ineffective in 2014. Cook has seen more action recently because of some injuries to other backs, and has been ridiculously great. In two of his last three games, he has rushed for 100+ yards. In his recent game against one of the best defenses in the country, he ran for 110 yards and two TDs on just nine carries. Fantasy players need to take notice of this. If Karlos Williams gets suspended then Cook would likely take the reigns as starter. Mario Pender has been hurt and could certainly come back to be the starter, but I don’t see him getting more than half the carries coming right off an injury.
Shaq Thompson is more than just a linebacker. He’s a great running back as well. The junior all-purpose player has stepped on the scene in a large way recently as more than just a linebacker. He is coming off a 15 carry, 174-yard game against Colorado and a 98-yard rushing game against Arizona State two games ago. With Washington struggling immensely to get the ground game going, it looks like they have found their guy. Before the Colorado game, this was the first game in the last six for the Huskies rushing attack to average over 4.5 yards per carry. With just 45 carries, he’s already 83 yards away from becoming the team leader. The Huskies finish the season with four straight games of average at best run defenses.
Synjyn Days could be a safe and valuable DFS asset. Since taking over for Zach Laskey, Days has been great. He has run 20+ times in each game while also rushing for over 100 yards. He scored a TD on the ground and through the air in last week’s game against a good UVA defense, so his ability to perform shouldn’t be doubted too much. Laskey is out indefinitely, so Days should see more time at running back for the Yellow Jackets against NC State. The Wolfpack struggled in week one against Georgia Southern allowing almost 250 yards on the ground. While Georgia Southern’s rushing attack has been more potent than Georgia Tech’s this season, I feel it’s a fair comparison when considering who each team has faced.
Virginia’s rushing attack is ugly. It’s not the ugliest girl at the bar, but you certainly would need a six pack to approach this girl. While the Cavaliers have a known name in Kevin Parks, he hasn’t produced in 2014. In part, it’s because of the playing time he has gotten. He has rushed 20+ times just twice this season and both times he has rushed for 100+ yards. Parks also gets a sketchy amount of carries like in last week’s loss against Georgia Tech where he rushed just five times. He also has games of 11, 12, and 13 carries. It’s those kinds of games that make him pretty tough to use even in the best of situations. Besides Parks, Khalek Shepherd and Taquan Mizzell have both seen playing time, but have only seen 10+ carries three total times. Because of this, there is no real fantasy action that can be seen as reliable when it comes to Virginia.
Two Western Michigan players are setting it off in DFS this season. Their names are Corey Davis and Jarvion Franklin, and if you don’t know them then you’re probably not cashing the big bucks. Franklin is just a freshman, but he has rushed for 1,330 yards and 22 TDs in 2013. Not surprisingly, Franklin has six games of 3+ TDs and even recorded two TDs against Virginia Tech. Corey Davis has beaten almost every number he posted in 2013 and he has done it very nicely. He has a TD in eight of his nine games played this season and has five 100+ yard games. When the Broncos face off against Eastern Michigan in two weeks, you better keep them in mind. Eastern Michigan is one of the worst run defenses in the country allowing 28 rushing TDs in 2014 and over 2,150 yards. Through the air they are about as bad allowing 264 yards per game and a 63.9% completion percentage.